Colorado Driver License and Permit Practice Tests

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#1. When you want to pass a motorcycle from behind, you must:

Motorcycles are entitled to the same full lane width as other vehicles. Never try to pass a motorcycle in the same lane. Passing or overtaking a vehicle in the same lane is illegal in Colorado.

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#2. Whenever you come to a curve where you cannot see around it, you should adjust speed:

HIlls and curves can hide obstructions in the road, even on roads you are familiar with. Be prepared to stop when approaching a curve or hill that obscures your view of the road.

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#3. If you are 21 years or older, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which you are automatically presumed to be Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is:

A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater is presumed to be Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

A driver with a BAC between 0.05% and 0.07% is presumed to be Driving While Ability to drive is Impaired (DWAI).

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#4. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling on your side of a divided highway, you must:

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching.

You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling toward you on a roadway that is separated by a median or other physical barrier.

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#5. You must always stop before a railroad crossing if:

Never start to cross the tracks until there is enough room for your vehicle to clear the tracks on the other side.

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#6. When a pedestrian is crossing at an intersection with no marked crosswalk, you must:

When driving, you should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under all conditions. Pedestrians must be given the right-of-way at all intersections and crosswalks. Drivers must come to a complete stop and let the person pass safely.

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#7. If a collision with a wild animal is inevitable, you should:

The size of these animals may cause the motorist to take drastic evasive action to prevent a collision. This may result in a more serious crash than if the vehicle collided with the animal. Regretfully, the safest alternative may be hitting the animal. Brake and concentrate on retaining control of the vehicle before, during and after the collision with the animal.

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#8. Visitors with a driver's license from a foreign country may drive in Colorado, if:

Any person who operates a motor vehicle, motor-driven cycle or moped on the public streets and highways in Colorado is required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Foreign tourists, instructors, and business persons may drive any private (noncommercial) vehicle with their personal Driver’s license.

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#9. Where is it always illegal to park or stand a vehicle?

It is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle blocking a driveway.

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#10. If you see orange construction signs and cones on a freeway, you must:

Pay attention, use extra caution and stay focused on the driving task. Reduce speed, adjust lane position away from workers, and prepare for the unexpected. You must yield the right-of-way to all workers and construction and construction vehicles.

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#11. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Because of their size trucks often need to move to the left lane to make right turns (the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels). Cutting in between the truck and the curb or shoulder increases the possibility of a crash.

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#12. When can you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

You must comply with speed limits. Almost half of the fatal accidents on Colorado highways involve excessive speed.

You should also remember that the maximum limits are for ideal conditions and you must reduce your speed when conditions require it.

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#13. When leaving a limited-access roadway with a deceleration lane:

When exiting the freeway, you must use the deceleration lane. This lane is designed to allow you to slow down before reaching the exit ramp without being a hazard to other vehicles on the freeway. Enter the deceleration lane at approximately the speed you were going on the freeway, then slow down after you have entered the deceleration lane to the advisory speed.

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#14. Which is true about bicyclists on Colorado highways?

Bicycles on the road are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.

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#15. When driving in foggy conditions, using high-beam headlights will:

Use the low beams when driving in fog, rain, or snow. Driving with high beam lights is like shining your lights on a mirror. Light will reflect, cause glare, and making it more difficult to see ahead.

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#16. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

When you are tired, you cannot drive as safely as when you are rested. Your reactions and decision making skills are greatly reduced. Break long driving periods into two hour segments.

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#17. Which is true about braking and stopping?

Be alert so that you know when you will have to stop well ahead of time. Stopping suddenly is dangerous and usually points to a driver who was not paying attention. When you brake quickly, you could skid and lose control of your vehicle. You also make it harder for drivers behind you to stop without hitting you.

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#18. To avoid last minute moves, you should:

In order to avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn abruptly, you should look down the road at least 10 seconds ahead of your vehicle (City – one block, Open road – one half a mile). By looking well ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save on fuel, and help keep traffic moving at a steady pace.

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#19. What does a HAWK signal with steady red lights mean?

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signals are for pedestrian crossings. When the signal is black you may proceed cautiously. When a pedestrian activates the signal, it will flash yellow, which means you must slow down and be ready to stop. The light will then turn solid yellow to tell the driver to stop if possible. Then the signal will turn to a solid red, indicating the driver must stop and remain stopped. Finally, the signal will flash red, telling you to stop and yield to pedestrians.

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#20. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Broken white lines mean you may change lanes if it is safe. A solid white line means you should stay within the lane. A solid white line also marks the shoulder of the roadway.

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#21. If you drive past this sign:

Wrong Way. The sign prohibits drivers from heading the wrong way on a one-way street or freeway ramp. If you drive past this sign, you have entered a lane of oncoming traffic and are going against traffic. Do not continue.

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#22. This sign tells you:

Advisory speed around curve. Advisory speed signs or plaques indicate the fastest recommended speed in ideal weather conditions.

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#23. This sign alerts you to:

Bicycle crossing. Be prepared for bicyclists crossing the road.

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#24. What does this sign mean?

Three-sided red yield signs indicate you must slow or stop to yield to all pedestrians and any vehicle with right of way.

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#25. Orange road signs indicate:

Work zone signs have an orange background with black letters or symbols. They are used with other traffic control devices or flag persons to help direct traffic safely through work areas and to protect highway workers.

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Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your Colorado driver license and permit test:

Number of Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 20
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Prepare for the Colorado Permit Examination

The permit examination has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination (80%).

Your test questions are randomly picked from a larger group of questions, which means that you don’t know which questions you will get. The more you practice, the better chances you have of passing the test the first time.

If you fail the knowledge examination, you can try again the next business day. With just minor errors, that may be an acceptable strategy, but having 6 or more errors on the test means you missed a large portion of the exam. It is perhaps better to wait a few more days and read the Driver Handbook again.

Everything you need to learn for the exam is in the handbook, so don’t forget to get a hard copy or download the PDF file   to your computer or smartphone.

This Colorado driver license test has 25 questions, just like the real permit exam. It covers everything you need to learn to pass.

Practice tests should always be an additional learning tool when preparing for the permit test, not a replacement for the handbook. Some websites suggest that you can pass the test by just studying practice tests and cheat sheets, which is a bad strategy. Use both sample tests and the handbook, and you will have a much better chance of passing your examination the first time.

Read more about risky study tactics that could cause you to fail

Is the Colorado DMV Permit Test Hard?

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The latest numbers show that almost one third of all test takers fail the examination. It means that the difficulty is moderate to hard.

It is, however, suggested that the test has become easier in recent years.

Colorado Instruction Permit – Under 18 years

These are the requirements to get your first permit as a teenager:

  Be at least 15 years
  Present a completed “Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship”
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

  Additional Requirements for permit issuance at 15 years to 16 years:

Permit issued at 15-15 1/2 years, license at 16-16 1/2 years:

  • 30-hour driver’s education course completed within six months prior to permit issuance
  • 6 hours behind the wheel training with an instructor after permit issuance

Permit issued at 15 1/2-16 years, license at 16 1/2-17 years:

  • 4-hour classroom driver awareness program completed within six months prior to permit issuance



Colorado Instruction Permit – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first permit as an adult:

  Be at least 18 years
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

After You Pass the Knowledge Examination

After you have provided the necessary documents and passed both the vision exam and the knowledge test, you may start practice driving.

If you are under 18 years, you can drive with a licensed driving instructor or any licensed adult 21 years or older. You must complete and log 50 hours of driving time, of which 10 hours must be at night. Note that only the person who sign the affidavit can certify your driving log.

Your First Colorado Driver License – Under 18 Years

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado driver license as a teenager:

  Hold your permit for at least 1 year
  Provide a certified log of at least 50 hours driving practice
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

Colorado Driver License

Your First Colorado Driver License – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado license as an adult:

  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

If you are 18 years or older, there is no minimum time you must hold your permit before you can apply for a driver license.

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